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NAFTA Talks Deadlocked With Four Months Left Until Trump’s Deadline

President Trump has threatened to pull the U.S. out of NAFTA if the talks fail. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says that would put nearly 1 million Texas jobs in danger.

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Andrew Schneider

The next round of NAFTA negotiations could take place as early as next month. The fifth round ended last Tuesday, with the U.S., Mexico, and Canada deadlocked on a wide range of issues.

President Donald Trump has set a March 2018 deadline for completing negotiations and signing a deal. Francisco Monaldi, a Mexico Center fellow at Rice University's Baker Institute, says that will be tough to meet.

"The politics of it are very complex, because we have, you know, midterm elections in the U.S. next year," said Monaldi. "We have presidential elections in Mexico that are going to happen [in] July of 2018, and so that will make it really hard for negotiations to come to a fruitful end."

Trump has repeatedly threatened to pull out of NAFTA, unless Mexico and Canada agree to revise the deal in the U.S.' favor. The two countries account for nearly half of all Texas' exports, including nearly all of its exports of motor vehicle parts and plastics products. Earlier this month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce projected that a U.S. withdrawal from NAFTA would put nearly 1 million Texas jobs at risk.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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